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About the only thing it won’t stop is a bullet.

Throw on the Arc’teryx Alpha LT Jacket, and suddenly you’re wearing a suit of armor. The Alpha LT (light) is Arc’teryx’s lightest three-layer Gore-Tex jacket. If guaranteed waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex isn’t enough, the Alpha is covered in details like welded seams and fully waterproof zippers that make this jacket impervious to the elements.
  • Helmet-compatible Storm Hood is fully adjustable to eliminate unwanted airflow
  • Tiny Gore seam tape reduces bunching for natural movement
  • Watertight zippers with zipper garages keep you dry
  • Die-cut hook-and-loop cuffs won’t delaminate
  • Removable Hemlock inserts keep jacket from bunching up under climbing harness

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5 5

Bomber. Period.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

After having an Alpha SV, I like the LT more. the fit is better (slightly slimmer than the SV) and the hood isn't as massive. some prefer a larger hood, but i have a small head and low profile helmets and the hood here is perfect size without being too obtrusive.

Waterproofness: I haven't had a chance to test it in the pouring rain, but my guess is it will most likely repel water.

Windproofness: stops the wind, period. the fabric is kinda thin, so you will still fell the the cold of the wind if you are wearing a sweaty t shirt and the wind blows cold. (feel the temperature, not the wind).

Ventilation: like all gore-tex products...ventilation pretty much sucks. I didn't notice any condensation on the inside of the jacket, but i don't wear it while I'm doing cardio.

Durability: Spent two weeks climbing alpine rock in the Swiss Alps. The rock there is fairly sharp and rough to the point of removing the skin from tips of my fingers. despite my lack of skin, the Alpha LT came out unscathed. i literally drug it over rocks, skidded down moraine, got it dirty, packed it next to crampons and after a wash with some downy and a couple rinse cycles, it still looks like new.

Usability: No interference with my pack or my harness. Pit zips get in the way of the pack straps, but which ones dont? jacket hangs low and if you wear your harness around your hips like you should, it wont pop out.

Fit: I'm 5'11", 180, 42" chest/lats (under armpit measurement) by tape measure, 16.5" arms and 31" waist. Bought the medium and its a nice athletic fit, but i can still fit my ultralight Patagonia down jacket, technical fleece and base layer and not feel constricted. If you plan on wearing only a T under it, you may size want to size down.

Gripes: the zipper catches on the front face fabric if you aren't careful. The red matches my black diamond pack exactly and looks weird in pictures. Wish it packed down smaller.

Bomber. Period.
2 5

disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be the biggest fan of arcteryx, but I have been really disappointed lately. Recently, they have changed the shape of the jackets, so the arms are extremely long on the mens large, so much so that it is really sloppy feeling. Additionally, I have an older arcteryx jacket that I love, but the front sipper wore out. Turns out this is a common problem. I sent the jacket back to arcteryx to fix the zipper. So far they have had my jacket for about 6 weeks, and still nothing. Its not the type of quality or service I expect when I buy a $300-500 rain shell. For a product in that price range, I expect options for a perfect fit, and excellent customer service. I live in a temperate rain forest, and use my rain shell everyday, all year long. My next jacket will likely not be arcteryx. I just don't think the quality and service have remained high enough to command the prices they charge-you are just paying for the brand name at this point.

Hood Adjustments

Hood Adjustments

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One around the neck, other around forehead

4 5

Great lightweight jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, I would say, three season jacket. It is super light and great for any vigourous activity that requires protection from the elements. The fit is great. I have a medium, I'm 181 cm 165lbs and got a medium. To be honest I could have gotten a small is I wanted a strictly warm temperature jacket that I would put only a base layer under. I debated it for a while since I have the Alpha SV but decided to get the medium for more versatility. Don't regret it.
Jacket is a little pricy, but you pay for the nice fit and attention to details.

4 5

It's cool...

I got this as a gift and have to say that it does stand up to the quality and standard of the Arctyerx name. I am 5,8" 140lbs and was given a medium which I was swimming in, so after about 1-2months of fighting with arcteryx customer service I received a small jacket in exchange and have been happy with it so far.
BOTTOM LINE:
It's an awesome jacket and I love wearing it but I would never pay the price for this jacket, I'd rather grab a Marmot or Patagonia which have never failed me and have $$ left over.

detail images here show orange... is there...

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detail images here show orange... is there an orange version coming out?

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No that is a variant from a past season that is no longer made, I believe it was called Aztec one year and Naranja another.

On the slopes of Mont Blanc

On the slopes of Mont Blanc

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Hi Aaron, is this the Alpha LT in "Red Road Dash" color?

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Yes it is Alvin. Sorry that this picture is not a little brighter, it is a bit hard to judge the color from the photos. It's a strong, bright color, what I would call a true red.

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Cool! Thanks Aaron! I placed an order after reading your reply :D

Perfect taping

Perfect taping

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Alpha LT inside taping

5 5

perfect!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is absolutely perfect. It's made with Gore-Tex so you know it's waterproof and breathable. The new Proshell material is so lightweight that it actually packs down smaller than my Paclite jacket from just a couple of years ago. The hood on this jacket is huge but super adjustable so that you can snug it right up against a helmet or just cinch it up around your head for a perfect fit. And the collar is nice and tall to keep the cold off your face but also lose fitting so that it isn't in the way and doesn't compete with other layers around your neck. There are plenty of pulls to adjust this jacket for a perfect fit. It's just a shell but it would keep the cold out on a mountain just as well as it will keep the rain off on a summer day. Seriously awesome. I get to field test and keep Gore-Tex products occasionally and have had the pleasure of wearing a handful of good jackets, and this one is really worth the investment. Versatile, durable, functional, and beautifully engineered.

5 5

Excellent fit and tough fabric

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a member of Gore MountainTechs, I have the opportunity to field test GORE-TEX gear in some of the harshest conditions. This jacket is seriously top notch. Very high quality outer fabric that has withstood some tough abrasion. Very waterproof, good breathability, and pit zips help in really warm situations. Hood fits helmets well, but can feel a bit bulky without a helmet (even when cinched down). Nice zippers all the way around. A slim fit (which I like) but the waist is just wide enough to fit me...any smaller and it would not go over my hips. Length is perfect on sleeves and torso (I'm 6', 185 lbs, and have a Medium for this jacket.) Less important to some, but the color Dusk is a great choice in my opinion. Overall would highly recommend this jacket for moderate to extreme conditions.

5 5

Weather Barrier

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros : Wind proof, breathable, durability, Beauty, Comfortable, Water Proof, Construction
Cons : Looking Too Good
Best Uses : Fire Hose Test Dummy, Anything wet, Flood Protection, Puddle jumping, Mountaineering, Singing in the rain

This is one of the finest pieces of gear I own. It has seemingly flawless construction. I just don't understand how a product can be made so cleanly and effectively. I can almost feel the love of the manufacturers every time I put it on.

It is insanely waterproof, windproof, and breathable. This is supposodly the lightest of the Arcteryx Pro Shells, but it still seems to be outrageously durable. I don't doubt that this will stick with me for the rest of my life if I take care of it and it doesn't burn in a wildfire (which almost happened a few weeks ago).

I must declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs product testing program, so I sometimes have the privilege of testing Gore-Tex and windstopper gear. Regardless, this piece of gear continues to blow me away. I say this about very few things, but this jacket may actually be worth it's $500 retail price.

Is the Arc'teryx Alpha LT Lichen now...

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Is the Arc'teryx Alpha LT Lichen now discontinued? I am trying to find one in medium

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Is the Arc'teryx Alpha LT still available in Lechin? I am trying to find a medium.

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Lichen was an Fall 2011 color that didn't carryover.

5 5

Very light

This is such a light jacket. Honestly it's like a piece of paper folded in half. I think this is good for summer / spring and fall but for winter you need something thicker. I don't like to layer a lot and will freeze in this one!

5 5

great all around jacket

This jacket is really awesome- as far as I can tell it is as light and packable as the Paclite, but so much more durable and comfy. Super high thread count makes it soft and silky so that it feels great to wear. The hood is awesome too. I'm not crazy about the pockets- high on your chest and out of the way of a pack- but if you are a climber I suppose they are just right. The fit is a little bit bigger than the Beta, but accommodates more layers. I receive Gore products and test them so I have had a lot of experience with different jackets and this one is just incredibly light and comfortable.

I have a few questions about this jacket...

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I have a few questions about this jacket compared to the Theta SV. Will these two fit the same, besides back length? Does this jacket have a drop tail? Would the pit zips be the same length? Do the inside pockets have the same volume (big enough to hold skins?) Does this have the upper elastic cord in the pockets? Does the hood have all the same adjustments? It says it does but I don't see any adjustment cords in the pictures. Anything else I should know thats different between the two jackets?

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The Theta SV is cut more fully that this Alpha LT, and also used a heavier face fabric. The Alpha LT does have a drop tail but isn't quite as long as the Theta SV. The pockets are a bit bigger on the Theta SV but you can still fit skins in the front pockets of the Alpha LT (inside is a small security pocket). Hoods have the same 4 point adjustment.

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